Welcome to Exceptional Student Education (ESE) at the University of Central Florida. ESE, also known as special education, is instruction individually designed to meet the academic, physical, cognitive and social-emotional needs of students with disabilities. Our goal is to assure that all students with disabilities are taught by caring, dedicated, highly-qualified and knowledgeable ESE teachers.

We offer degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels as well as an undergraduate minor and five graduate certificates.

Our faculty are actively involved in research grants and federal and state teacher preparation projects. Funding opportunities (tuition support) are available for several of our programs.

This website is designed to be a resource for you as you continue through your program. We hope that you will find it useful whether you are an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a doctoral student, a graduate certificate student or an ESE minor. We encourage you to consult these pages often to get current program information, locate needed forms, educate yourself about policies affecting your academic career and to explore the many resources available to you at UCF.

Why should I become a special education teacher?

Academic Programs

Current Students

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Faculty

Lisa Dieker, Ph.D.

Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar Chair

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Dan Ezell, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

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Rebecca A. Hines, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Academic Program Coordinator

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Mary Little, Ph.D.

Professor

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Martha S. Lue Stewart, Ph.D.

Professor

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Matthew Marino, Ph.D.

Professor

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Caroline Marrett, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer and Coordinator

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Suzanne Marie Martin, Ph.D.

Professor

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Maria Reyes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore, Ph.D.

Professor and Executive Director

Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities

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Eleazar Vasquez, Ph.D.

Professor and Director

Exceptional Student Education,Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute,

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